mvg wrote: ↑
18 May 2019, 15:42
Although i don’t agree with the tone of the tweet, I can’t agree with your statement.
- 8000€ netto is indeed incorrect, it is more around 6500€ for a radar controller (as discussed many times before)
- 35 hours per week is what is supposed to be worked on paper. Before being short of staff, when it was respected, controllers were working around 30 hours per week as they are leaving 1 hour before the end of their shift. No problem with that but let’s not deny it.
The units fully staffed still do that.
There is no time check by the employer when you start and end a shift.
- extra legal advantages are possibly the free train tickets, the premium medical insurance paid by Skeyes, the money given to people with kids (up to 250€/kid/year), the duty flights which count as a day of work, the paid time spent for a medical check (ask pilots if they are paid for that), and so on. All those little advantages quickly add up to quite a good amount of money and comfort.
- retirement at 58: controllers don’t have to work anymore and are paid 80% of their salary to stay at home as soon as they reach 58 years old until their pension (for a full career). Those who elect to stay (purely voluntarily) get an additional 2500€ (before tax) above their salary as long as they agree to work further.
Pension is 3500€/month after tax.
This is reality or...have I forgotten anything?
You forgot a few things and while most of this is at least partially correct (let's not start again), I would like to ask you for caution in continuously pointing out the good sides and pretending they justify everything and anything.
Ask any air traffic controller if they are willling to give up these extra legal benefits in the negotiations and over 90 percent will instantly reply yes.
They are not the issue on the table, and while it's easy to randomly drag them in a discussion to make your point seem stronger, they have nothing to do with the issues at hand.
This is a perfect example of sad use of journalistic 'power' because I could write a tweet that is equally correct but draws a whole different image. It's an extremely one sided and simplistic approach and the perfect example of the misinformation our management loves to use.
SUDDENLY URGENT SINCE SKEYES IS NOW FACING MASSIVE FINES AND OUR CURRENT STAFFS GOODWILL IS SOLD OUT : European citizens with preferably no knowledge of Belgian and European law, who don't care about their rights whatsoever, must be available 24/7/365 for a highly responsible job.
Internationally competitive wage with extra's everyone you meet will make you feel bad for.
Extralegal benefits include mistakes in your payslip which might be in your advantage, a 2 yearly medical check for which you receive 1 hour overtime and a VIP restaurant for your CEO that you are not allowed to enter.
You will be brought into a challenging environment with tired colleagues, a management that does not answer your questions, and over 10 million angry Belgians the management has turned against you.
Strong preference for optimistic adventurous types with a thick skin as your workschedule will be a continuous surprise, all working and safety conditions are subject to the situation from a management point of view and you never really know what is going to happen next.
There are less lies in this block of text than that tweet.
I still try to be honest and clear about the full story, but people like passenger or De Wilde (and some atcos too, I admit that), focussing so insanely on one side, remaining quiet about the full picture should be called out for what they are, not supported.